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Changes in language learning beliefs while abroad

  • Author / Creator
    Jeter, Alyssa C.
  • Investigating the connections between changes in language learning beliefs and their connections with student interactions while abroad, the researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with five alumni and one professor who attended a college situated in Switzerland. The researcher analyzed the interview data in-depth with a case study approach in order to find connections between the changes in belief and potential changes in behavior. Overall the data suggests that all alumni interviewed experienced some change in their language learning beliefs. Those that exhibited the most change in their interactions also experienced the greatest changes in their beliefs. Many of the reported belief changes centered around pivotal language learning experiences that took place at various points during each alumna’s or alumnus’s time abroad rather than gradually over the time abroad itself. The data suggests that institutions should focus more on helping students embrace and learn from their linguistic struggles to attain greater self-efficacy.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3MK65K5P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Specialization
    • Applied Linguistics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kost, Claudia (MLCS)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Nedashkivska, Alla (MLCS)
    • Nadasdi, Terry (Linguistics)